Jimmy Gopperth

Jimmy Gopperth joined the Blues in 2009 after four years with Wellington and the Hurricanes. Jimmy was known as an accomplished first five-eighths and quality goalkicker. He captained North Harbour in the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup, and his leadership skills were an invaluable asset to the Blues. He and Tasesa Lavea jostled for the […]

Dean Budd

The Northland flanker made his professional debut with Auckland in 2008, before moving to Northland in 2010 for the national provincial competition. He made five appearances for the Blues, before moving to Japan to play for the NEC Green Rockets and then to Italy to represent Benetton Rugby Treviso.

05 Jul 2017

Q&A with Patrick Tuipulotu

Ferocious on the field and a gentleman off it, big lock Patrick Tuipulotu prefers to let his actions on the paddock do the talking for him. Nevertheless, we managed to lure in the 12-test All Black with promises of fresh meatloaf if he answered these questions for us… What’s your favourite meal? Meatloaf with mashed […]

09 Aug 2017

Leading from the front: Jimmy Tupou

When Jimmy Tupou lead the Blues onto the field in his first ever game for the club – our round one clash against the Rebels in Melbourne – he joined Zinzan Brooke as the only other player to captain the team on debut. “That was only because James and Jerome were unavailable for that first […]

Paul Williams

Paul Williams was an exciting fullback whose straight running and solid defence earned him a regular starting spot in the Blues XV in 2009. With Rene Ranger, Joe Rokocoko, Isaia Toeava and Rudi Wulf occupying the wing/fullback duties in 2010, Williams saw little game time for the Blues but did impress in his regular cameos […]

26 Jul 2017

Saying goodbye to Charlie Faumuina

At last night’s Blues Awards we bid farewell to the gentle giant with fast feet, a big heart, and an even bigger smile. That’s right. After a remarkable nine Super Rugby seasons with us, Charlie Faumuina leaves the Blues as the sixth most-capped player in our history, and joins an esteemed group of legendary players […]

Chris Lowrey

Before his season was cut short through injury, Chris Lowrey received the Blues’ Rookie of the Year award in 2009. Further illness and injury, coupled with Viliami Ma’afu establishing himself as the first choice number 8, curtailed Chris’ progress with the Blues in 2010 but he rediscovered his form in 2011, stepping up in the […]

Bronson Murray

Strongman Bronson Murray was an experienced campaigner with 63 caps for Northland when he made his debut and played his only season for the Blues in 2008. In 2009 he moved south to play for the Crusaders, and then joined the Highlanders for the 2011 Investec Super Rugby competition. The Taniwha stalwart switched to tighthead […]

David Smith

Crowd favourite David Smith was initially drafted into the Hurricanes squad in 2007 after lighting up the Air New Zealand Cup with Auckland in 2006, scoring six tries in eleven appearances in his debut season. The speedster returned home to make his debut for the Blues in 2008 and made five appearances, but he signed […]